Research course

International Relations

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of International Relations

Entry requirements

Normally a master's degree with an overall merit (at least 65%) or its equivalent and a strong merit or its equivalent in the master's dissertation in a subject relevant to proposed research

Months of entry


Course content

In the first year of your research you attend the International Relations Research Methods Training Seminar which explores the theoretical and practical problems associated with a piece of major research. Study concentrates on epistemological and theoretical issues, with special reference to the context and literature of international relations, and time is also devoted to problems arising from source materials, methodology and normative dilemmas. First year research students are also required to attend the International Relations Research Design Workshop; this is to help you in designing a well thought out and manageable thesis.

You will also have access to courses in general social science methodology offered by LSE's Methodology Institute. One of these forms part of the two international relations research master's courses: Foundations of Social Research, comprising three modules in Quantitative Analysis, Fundamentals of Research Design and Qualitative Research. If you have not already taken a Research track master's degree you will need to attend a course offered by the Teaching and Learning Centre on Authoring a PhD and Developing as a Researcher and a Library course on Information Skills.

Department specialisms

International Theory; Foreign Policy Analysis and Diplomatic Methods; International Institutions; Strategy and Conflict; Revolutions in the International System; Nationalism; International Political Economy; Europe

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months


full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
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